Sunday, 19 February 2012
Although out of print I was fortunate enough to get a second hand hardback copy of this work in near pristine condition.
What makes this work different from others is that Mr Owen is not afraid to cover the racial genesis of the Germanic peoples, the result of the fusing together of the Corded Ware, single grave battle axe wielding Indo-Europeans and the aboriginal Northern Megalithic culture which is reflected in the myth of the war and reconciliation of the Aesir and Vanir Gods of northern mythology.
His work extends far back into the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic period and forward into the Bronze Age and the pre-Roman and Roman Iron Age.
Mr Owen uses the tools of archaeology, linguistics, history, mythology and anthropology in an intriguing way, the latter field rarely used these days when discussing the Germanic peoples. As the work in the scheme of things is fairly recent it is even more surprising that it is free from the post war anti-Germanic bias which is found in many other `scholarly` works.
I recommend this work to all those who are interested in the pre-history of the Germanic peoples, Germanic mythology and racial anthropology. It offers a thorough grounding in the basics which is sadly lacking in more recent works.